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Thursday, September 21, 2006

BP, Coeur Alaska and pollution
The multi-national oil giant BP has allowed corrosion to eat holes in pipelines at Prudhoe Bay, resulting in an estimated 201,000-gallon crude oil spill.

Apparent neglect at Aurora Harbor
The table for cleaning fish at Aurora Harbor's main float, between the L and N floats, has not had water for a long time.

Check the dictionary for sarcasm, please
This is regarding Alana Marquardt's Sept. 15 response to Josh Carter's Sept. 8 Letter to the Editor.

Complainers make this a great city
I just wanted to say something about this Hooligan war going on right now.

Juneau Duck Derby is a losing bet
I read with interest the Juneau Duck Derby advertisement included with the Sept. 17 Juneau Empire.

Road won't save much in travel costs
Mr. Fisk's comments (Sept. 13) oversimplify the ground-travel situation in Juneau.

Putting the lie in conservatism
I sometimes glance through Lew Williams' Sunday columns, mostly for the laugh value and to keep an eye on his backward-looking and obsolete viewpoints.

Yes, Mr. Fisk, we do need the road
In response to Mr. Fisk and the road (Sept. 13), you seem to forget that Alaska Airlines charges $150 per animal (one-way) and the expense of an airline-approved crate ($100 for dogs, $55 for cats) for the trip.

Why are gas prices so high in town?
Oil is down 18.5 percent from its July highs, gas futures are down 34.6 percent and the national average retail price at the pump has fallen 15 percent to $2.58 a gallon.

Giving up on the police for help
I couldn't agree more with Mr. Marston's letter to the editor on Sept. 17. I am in agreement with him that the police do not protect us.

Who profits from marijuana prohibition
Drugs and alcohol have been targeted as a home wrecker in Alaskan communities by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:

PFD checks help boost Juneau's economy
Local businesses will launch advertising specials before the first wave of Alaska Permanent Fund dividend money is deposited in bank accounts on Oct. 4, Juneau Economic Development Council Executive Director Lance Miller said.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:

Photo: Images from another time
Juneau Empiure File Photo

Photo: All in a day's work
Norm Mickelson pours cement Wednesday into the main entrance of the Alaskan Hotel.

Around Town

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Artist leaves a cultural legacy
Juneau lost more than a world-renowned bead artist when Emma Frances Marks, 93, died early Monday.

Task force considers three amendments
Dogs will be free to roam Auke Lake Trail on a leash, but banned from artificial turf fields and a mile stretch near the Jensen-Olson Arboretum and Amalga Harbor Road...

Photo: Going to market
Mustard Seed volunteer Jan Van Slyke sorts through a quilt and other items donated for the Saturday Market, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the St. Ann's Parish Hall...

Pets of the week
Linus, Slick look for loving families

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks to Eaglecrest staff for continuing Blueberry Festival & Thanks for supporting the Juneau Community Garden's Harvest Fair

Photo: Recycling fundraiser
Each week for the last several years, two Princess ships have sorted their trash and donated the crushed aluminum cans to the scouts.

Neighbors Digest
Fil-Am hosts annual fundraising dinner & Jewish Community has weekend services

Weddings: Seguin and Preecs wed
Sandlin Preecs and Mathew Seguin, of Juneau, were married Aug. 5 at the Mendenhall Glacier outdoor viewing platform.

Living and Growing: Right relationships are keys to peace
Sept. 21 is the International Day of Peace. Look at the headlines in the newspaper or spend 5 minutes watching TV news and you quickly realize how badly our world needs a day of peace.

Elizabeth 'Queenie' Nelsen Katasse
Juneau resident Elizabeth "Queenie" Nelsen Katasse, 89, died Sept. 15, 2006, in Juneau with her family at her bedside.

Emma Frances Marks
Emma Frances Marks (Seigeigéi), 93, died Sept. 18, 2006, peacefully at home, surrounded by family at Marks Trail in Juneau, the Marks family homesite for six generations.

Matilde T. Rodriguez
Juneau resident Matilde T. Rodriguez, 94, died Sept. 18, 2006, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Alalska editorial: Bomb-threat suspect should be behind bars
Whoever the crackpot is who stuffed a bomb threat into a magazine aboard a Northwest Airlines flight out of Fairbanks last week ought to be throttled by the justice system when caught.

My turn: Palin no moderate when it comes to abortion
Many people think of Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for governor, as a moderate but, as you consider how you'll cast your vote in November, look closely at some of her views on reproductive health and education - they aren't moderate at all.

My turn: Juneau isn't 'evenly split' on road
I read with great interest the Juneau Empire's lead article Friday ("Candidates for mayor square off").

Alalska editorial: Law doubling traffic fines goes overboard
An especially nagging irritant of late for many motorists in Alaska is the notion of being assessed double traffic fines for traffic citations in highway construction zones - when there is no work under way or workers present.

Meet the Crimson Bears
Meet the Crimson Bears

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Alaska high School swimming and diving Top 16 list
Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Top 16 performances

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Photo: In pursuit
A Hawkeyes ball carrier tries to slip past a member of the Huskies during their Juneau Youth Football League matchup last weekend...

Haines High School Cross Country Meet results
Sept. 8, 5 kilometers

Four Red Raiders find the end zone in abbreviated victory over Sitka
The Juneau Youth Football League's Red Raiders spread the wealth in a 27-0 shutout of the Sitka Storm last weekend in a senior division battle.

Juneau-Douglas ready to greet the region
After a weekend off, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams head into the home stretch of the season Saturday with the Southeast Championships at Savikko Park.

Alaska Digest
Troopers investigate rape aboard cruise ship Norwegian Sun, Supreme Court to hear arguments in election dispute, Lobbyist can continue working for campaign & MADD money woes close office doors

Alaska group calls for Rumsfeld's resignation
Six family members of soldiers assigned to Alaska have called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, claiming he misled them during a trip to the state last month.

Edgmon asks court to review election
A candidate for a southwestern Alaska House seat wants the state Supreme Court to review the results of the Democratic primary election he lost by a single vote.

$1,107 payout ends 5-year dividend slide
Almost every Alaskan will be $1,106.96 richer this year, thanks to dividend checks from the state's oil royalty investment program distributed annually to eligible residents just for living here.

State faults hospital for radiation use
Radiology technicians illegally and routinely exposed patients to needlessly high radiation levels at Juneau's Bartlett Regional Hospital, state and federal health regulators discovered during a recent investigation.

State plans to release data from '04 election
The Alaska Division of Elections will release 2004 election data that the state's Democratic Party had sued the state for, division director Whitney Brewster said Wednesday.

Alaska Digest
School district buys 150-plus computers, Oil giant wins stay in whale requirements & Homer mulls boost in summer sales tax

Halcro chooses new running mate
A woman well versed in local politics will try her hand at a statewide race.

Managers cancel grizzly-bear hunt
State game managers have halted plans for hunting grizzly bears on the Kenai Peninsula next month because too many already have been killed this year.

Federal court upends Bush reversal on 'Roadless Rule'
Jeff Barnard / The Associated Press

BP means business in global warming
Skeptics doubt that the nation should respond to global warming, but don't count petroleum giant BP among them.

Venezuelan firm says it will provide fuel oil for Alaska
Rural Alaska homes will stay warm this winter with help from a gift from a Venezuelan-owned oil refiner and a leader who has been a thorn in the side of President George W. Bush.

Lawmakers fight Kensington plan
Fourteen members of Congress have rallied behind conservation groups against the Kensington Mine's plan to dump treated tailings into Lower Slate Lake near Juneau.

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